Fleury scored a goal on three shots in Monday's 8-2 victory over the Senators. Fleury was the beneficiary of a fortunate bounce on his goal, sending a centering pass across the slot that deflected in off the stick of an Ottawa defenseman. It was his second goal in the last four games after being held one through his first eight games. The 23-year-old has been a healthy scratch on several occasions and has seen his ice time fluctuate when he does crack the lineup.
Fleury served as a healthy scratch for the fourth consecutive game Saturday against the Devils. The writing was on the wall for Fleury back in mid-October, when he played just 5:59 against the Ducks on Oct. 18, then just 1:30 -- yes, you read that right, a minute and a half -- against the Blue Jackets on Oct. 24. Since then, with the return of Trevor van Riemsdyk to the lineup following a shoulder injury, Fleury has been the odd man out on the Cane's blue line. His fantasy value is essentially zero until further notice.
Fleury scored his first NHL goal in a 4-2 loss to the Ducks on Friday. In his 96th career game, the 23-year-old finally put a puck in the net. Fleury's up to three points and 14 shots on goal in nine games this season, but he also skated only 5:59 in the game, as the return of Trevor van Riemsdyk allowed coach Rod Brind'Amour to go with seven defensemen. Fleury entered the night averaging 12:53 per game.
Fleury collected two assists while adding a blocked shot and a plus-2 rating in Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Panthers. The points were the first of the season for the 23-year-old. Fleury had just nine points, all helpers, in 87 career NHL games coming into this year, but with the Carolina offense firing on all cylinders right now, even a depth defenseman like Fleury can get in on the action now and then.
Fleury inked a one-year, $850,000 contract with Carolina on Tuesday. The fact that Fleury's deal is one-way means the youngster will finally get his shot to be a regular in the lineup this season. Whether the Saskatchewan native can secure consistent minutes remains to be seen, but the departure of Calvin de Haan at least opens the door.
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